- In the past five years, more than 100 colleges and universities have opened their doors for the first time to fraternities.
- 71% of those listed in "Who's Who in America" belong to a Greek Organization.
- Of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greeks.
- 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a Greek organization.
- 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were Greek.
- 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a Greek organization. Every U.S. President except eight born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
- 63% of the U.S. President's Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
- A National Conference report shows a high percentage of the 4,000 NIC fraternity chapters are above the All-Men's scholastic average on their respective campuses.
- A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
- Less than 2% of an average college student's expenses go toward fraternity/sorority dues (U.S. Office of Education).
- Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
Due to the fact that Greek Chapters compromise the largest student organizations nationwide, Greek communities are constantly in the media spotlight. Social problems such as binge drinking and drug use occur in nearly every facet of society, but their presence is magnified in fraternities and sororities.
Each Chapter is required to abide by federal, state, university and their own national headquarters policies regarding drugs and alcohol. Most chapters are substance free in their chapter houses and all are substance free in common living spaces.
Each chapter with a house has a graduate student hired and trained by the University living in the house to ensure all University policies and laws are being followed.
The time and effort required to join a fraternity or sorority should not interfere with other time commitments or academic success. Prior to being initiated, New Members are required to attend weekly meetings and rituals in order to learn about their Chapter’s history and values.
Another fear is that personal space is non-existent for New Members. In a house, members share rooms just as living in the residence halls, so they are able to get to know each other and begin to foster friendships. Also, there is plenty of living and study space located throughout many Chapter houses. All houses have a computer lab for residents to use. All houses have common areas to study, watch TV, play pool, or just talk.
Many television movies and shows depict the ‘wild side,’ of Greek life and choose to amplify its supposed ‘horrors.’ In doing so, many movies and shows forget to ad the beneficial sides of joining a Greek Chapter and portray its positive notes.
Although there are some isolated instances of hazing and alcohol related occurrences, many institutions and Chapters are taking preventative stances to further hinder these tragedies.
Hazing can be defined as people or individuals who are forced to do something that is psychologically, physically, or emotionally harmful or damaging. Greek organizations nationwide have taken strides in developing human rights policies and strict anti-hazing policies to rid hazing in all forms from all campuses.
All fraternities and sororities must abide by and follow BGSU Greek Affairs’ strict policies on hazing.
A person must pay to join almost any organization across the nation, whether it be a sports team, a local club or a fraternity or sorority. Since fraternities and sororities are non-profit organizations, dues are used to fund various parts of its day-to-day operations, including: academic incentives, headquarter dues, room and board, scholarships, sporting and social events, and many other normal everyday expenses.
By joining a fraternity or sorority, you are not only helping to sustain the ideals and values set forth by the Chapters’ founders, you are also making it possible to keep the future alive.
Each national fraternity and sorority has established a philanthropy or community service program that raised money for charitable causes. At BGSU, most Greek Chapters are involved in Dance Marathon, one of the largest student run philanthropic in the country. In addition, fraternities and sororities participate in numerous community service projects in Northwest Ohio. Greeks annually perform approximately 40,000 hours of service and raise nearly $100,000 for charity.